Saturday, July 31, 2010

Base of Agave Cactus

Here is a photo of the base of the Blue Agave plant that has the center stalk shooting up 20 feet into the sky.

As you may be aware, generally, these cactus leaves would all be standing straight upwards.

Once the strong center stalk grows up, the agave cactus starts to die and the long, strong agave leaves start turning down towards the ground.

The stalk takes all of the water and nutrients from the cactus and agave leaves and the stalk uses it to grow and sprout cactus blooms. as you have seen in the photo of the past few days. I tried to take this photo in a creative way.

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8 comments:

brattcat said...

Yes, this is a most exquisite swan song.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

I am becoming addicted to this photo shoot! Every day is as beautiful as the last. I agree with bratt cat! Great swan song.

Tracy said...

This is very pretty. I'll never look at one of these the same way again.

Sharon said...

Part of the "circle of life".

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Interesting that the lower rings of agave spikes are more blue in color, and the higher ones are more green. I will have to look at growing blue agaves to see if this same color differentiation occurs before the stalk shoots up and the plant starts to die.

glenda said...

This is quite sad. Such a beautiful plant.

Boom Nisanart said...

What a color ! ...so beautiful

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~Cheryl said...

Gorgeous colors and super creative, Julie!

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